Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie on Passage of Additional Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie on Passage of Additional Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus

Press Release, Statement
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie on Passage of Additional Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus Legislation includes mortgage relief, support for CBEs, and expanded consumer protections Washington, DC – Today, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 [B23-733]. Upon passage, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, released the following statement: “Since the Council last met under our current public health emergency, the District has undergone a significant health, social, and economic transformation as the COVID-19 public health emergency touches nearly every resident of our City and region. The District has instituted key provisions of the first emergency, including setting up the Microgrant small business recovery program, a prohibition on evictions,…
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McDuffie Statement Upon Passage of Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus

McDuffie Statement Upon Passage of Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus

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McDuffie Statement Upon Passage of Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus Washington, D.C. -- With the passage of the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie released the following statement. "Today, the Council of the District of Columbia passed legislation to provide emergency relief to the residents and small businesses of the District of Columbia in the face of an unprecedented public health crisis. While it is true that we find ourselves in unchartered territory, I have found hope and optimism in seeing all branches of government, businesses, residents, and staff come together to find solutions during this time of crisis.From the time we began working on this emergency legislation late last week until now, the District and indeed the country has found itself in both…
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McDuffie on the release of the Disparity Report Framework and Recommendations and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Assessment

McDuffie on the release of the Disparity Report Framework and Recommendations and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Assessment

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on the release of the Disparity Report Framework and Recommendations and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Assessment Washington, DC -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie has issued the following statement upon the release of two reports from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), the Disparity Report Framework and Recommendations and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Assessment: "The findings of these reports are troubling, and I am disheartened—not just by what the data revealed, but also because a thorough study could not even be completed due to a lack of data. The reports underscore the necessity of consistent and standardized data collection, and one benefit is that we now have a roadmap to follow to develop a comprehensive study.Despite this, the goals of the CBE program are extremely…
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McDuffie Statement on recent incidents of violence in Ward 5

McDuffie Statement on recent incidents of violence in Ward 5

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Councilmember McDuffie has issued the following statement on recent violence in Ward 5: "Last night there was another shooting in Ward 5; it was the fifth act of gun violence in Ward 5 over the past two weeks. As a neighbor, a father, and your representative, I am both outraged and heartbroken that these acts continue to happen in our community. When these incidents happen, they can make us feel vulnerable and scared. We all deserve to live in a community where we feel safe. I have been in constant communication with MPD and the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE) since last night’s shooting on the 2300 block of Rhode Island Avenue. From what I have gathered, the recent violence stems from an ongoing conflict between multiple rival…
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Statement from Councilmember McDuffie

Statement from Councilmember McDuffie

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Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie released the following statement in response to a story published in this morning's Washington Post: “Yesterday, I was contacted by a Washington Post reporter regarding a document which he stated list Keith McDuffie as the chief executive of Potomac Supply Company (the company).As I stated to the reporter yesterday and during a prior conversation on June 28, Keith McDuffie is my cousin, and I have known Okera Stewart for many years.While there is apparently a single document that all parties involved have stated was produced in error, there are official documents which clearly establish that Okera Stewart owns the company. Moreover, I did not know of any document connecting Keith McDuffie to the sports gaming contract as chief executive or otherwise prior to…
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McDuffie’s Statement on the Report Assessing Large Housing Unit Needs in DC

McDuffie’s Statement on the Report Assessing Large Housing Unit Needs in DC

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Councilmember McDuffie's Statement on the Report Assessing Large Housing Unit Needs in DC The report, An Assessment of the Need for Large Units in the District of Columbia, was included in the fiscal year 2018 budget by Councilmember McDuffie Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, has released the following statement following the release of An Assessment of the Need for Large Units in the District of Columbia: "There has been a growing concern about the lack of affordable housing for larger families in DC, which is why I prioritized funding this study – so we have the data to make informed policy decisions. I thank Mayor Bowser, the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development, CNHED and the Urban Institute for…
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Statement on Councilmember Jack Evans

Statement on Councilmember Jack Evans

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie has released the following statement on Councilmember Jack Evans "I am deeply troubled by recent reports regarding a WMATA investigation which concluded that Councilmember Jack Evans violated WMATA’s code of ethics and subsequently decided to resign from his position on the Board. As a former prosecutor, and someone who has previously chaired a Council ad hoc committee, I believe deeply in the principles of fairness, justice, and due process. My unique experience as a prosecutor and someone who has witnessed both the good and the bad of our justice system on a personal and professional level has informed how I respond in times like this. So, I would caution against predetermining the outcome and discipline of an ad hoc committee prior to gathering all relevant facts…
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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on Groundbreaking of DC PLUG Program

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on Groundbreaking of DC PLUG Program

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Councilmember McDuffie Statement on Groundbreaking of DC PLUG Program The program, which is the result of legislation revised and approved by Councilmember McDuffie’s Committee on Business and Economic Development, will make the power grid more resilient while achieving a notable rate of 100% participation of Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) or Certified Joint Venture among subcontractors Washington, D.C. -- Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development will join other leaders to break ground on the DC Power Line Undergrounding Project (DC PLUG). The program is in response to persistent related power outages and is the result of multiple pieces of legislation, which fall under the purview of the Committee on Business and Economic Development. “As a champion for District-based businesses, I am proud to…
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Statement on Securing Funds for Violence Prevention in the Upcoming Budget

Statement on Securing Funds for Violence Prevention in the Upcoming Budget

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie has released the following statement on securing funds for violence prevention in the Council budget process: "We are in a state of emergency with regard to gun violence in the District of Columbia and, unfortunately, the Mayor’s proposed budget does not reflect the urgency I hear from residents who are sick of hearing gunshots in their communities and families who are heartbroken from burying family members.As the author of the NEAR Act and a champion for small business in the District of Columbia, I am proud that the Committee on Business and Economic Development’s Budget Report supports both of these priorities. The Neighborhood Prosperity Fund and Great Streets programs remain intact, funded at $10.1 million. I am proud I was able to identify $2.1 million from…
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Councilmember McDuffie statement on today’s Council reprimand

Councilmember McDuffie statement on today’s Council reprimand

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    Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issue the following statement after today's unanimous vote to approve the Council Reprimand of Councilmember Jack Evans Resolution of 2019 [PR23-0179]   "It is incredibly frustrating and disappointing that this Council finds itself back in the position of having to discipline one of our members and attempting to restore public trust. As a former prosecutor, I believe deeply in the principles of fairness, justice, and due process. These are core tenets embodied by our Constitution and fundamental to our democracy. The Council’s integrity rests on its ability and willingness to enforce its own code of conduct when members are found to be in violation. With today’s action and the action to be undertaken at the next legislative meeting, the Council has taken appropriate steps…
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